Virender Sehwag

Country: India
Born: October 20, 1978, Delhi
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Virender Sehwag Bio

Virender Sehwag, popularly known as “Viru” or “Sultan of Multan,” is widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of cricket. Hailing from Najafgarh, a small town in Delhi, India, Sehwag’s journey to cricketing stardom is a testament to his unyielding passion and unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Born on October 20, 1978, Sehwag was deeply influenced by his family’s background in the flour mill business. However, his heart was set on emulating his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, and his early performances hinted at his prodigious talent. When fate presented him with an opportunity to replace Tendulkar in a one-day international against New Zealand in Sri Lanka, he not only seized the moment but also captured the imagination of fans worldwide. The unmistakable similarities in their batting styles sparked further comparisons, as Sehwag showcased the same elegance, timing, and sheer mastery of strokes.

However, Sehwag quickly established himself as more than just a Tendulkar protégé. On his Test debut against South Africa in 2001, he matched Tendulkar stroke for stroke, guiding India to an impressive victory. It was a sign of things to come, as Sehwag developed his unique style that combined brute force with impeccable shot selection. His thunderous back-foot punch on the off side and breathtaking straight drives became a spectacle that enthralled audiences across the globe.

What set Sehwag apart from other batsmen was his fearless approach. He eschewed conventional norms and adopted an aggressive mindset, believing that the best way to score runs was to attack from the outset. This philosophy, coupled with his razor-sharp cricketing acumen, resulted in a remarkable ability to construct mammoth scores at an astonishing pace. Sehwag holds the Indian record for the most Test double-hundreds and came agonizingly close to being the first cricketer to score three triple-hundreds.

Sehwag’s exploits in limited-overs cricket were no less thrilling. In December 2011, he etched his name in cricketing folklore by becoming the highest individual scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs). His unprecedented knock of 219 against the West Indies redefined the boundaries of what was deemed possible in the shorter format. What was most remarkable about the innings was the nonchalant ease with which he achieved the milestone, reaching his double-century in just over 140 deliveries.

Off the field, Sehwag is known for his refreshing candor and unfiltered opinions. In a time when many cricketers shy away from expressing their true thoughts, he remains unapologetically honest and forthright, endearing himself to fans and pundits alike. This authenticity, coupled with his extravagant stroke play, has made Sehwag a true original in the game of cricket.

While Sehwag may have hung up his boots in 2015, his impact on the sport will forever be etched in the annals of history. His relentless quest for boundaries, audacious shot-making, and unwavering belief in his abilities mark him as one of the most exciting and influential cricketers of his generation. Virender Sehwag’s name will forever be synonymous with explosiveness and entertainment, and his legacy as a cricketing icon is indelibly etched in the hearts of fans around the world.

Virender Sehwag Career Stats

Virender Sehwag Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 104 180 6 8586 319 49.34 10441 82.23 23 32 1233 91 91 0
T20Is 19 18 0 394 68 21.88 271 145.38 0 2 43 16 2 0
ODIs 251 245 9 8273 219 35.05 7929 104.33 15 38 1132 136 93 0
FC 194 321 11 14683 319 47.36 - - 42 55 - - 166 0
List A 332 321 14 10454 219 34.05 - - 16 57 - - 120 0
T20s 159 157 6 4061 122 26.89 2747 147.83 2 24 487 147 42 0

Virender Sehwag Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 104 91 3731 1894 40 5/104 5/118 47.35 3.04 93.2 0 1 0
T20Is 19 1 6 20 0 - - - 20 - 0 0 0
ODIs 251 146 4392 3853 96 4/6 4/6 40.13 5.26 45.7 1 0 0
FC 194 - 8614 4470 105 5/104 - 42.57 3.11 82 - 1 0
List A 332 - 6009 5154 142 4/6 4/6 36.29 5.14 42.3 3 0 0
T20s 159 28 358 496 22 3/14 3/14 22.54 8.31 16.2 0 0 0

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